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Whyte, James (1732 — 1822)

A retired Jamaican planter who owned Over Stroguhan, about two miles from Dunscore parish church. Before that he lived in Gliasnock, newar Dumnock, and may well be the Mr Whyte referred to in Burns's letter to 'Mons. James Smith, Mauchline', dated 'Mosgiel, Monday morning, 1786'. The passage reads: 'I found the doctor with a Mr and Mrs White, both Jamaicans, and they have deranged my plans altogether'. 'The doctor' was Dr Douglas of Ayr, and what the Jamaican Whytes had apparently done was to express horror at Burns's intention to land at a port from which he would have to make an extra two-hundred-mile journey across disease-ridden country to reach the estate in Jamaica where he proposed to take employment as book-keeper. They advised Burns not to sail on the Nancy from Greenock, but on the Bell, due to leave Greenock later, bound for Kingston.

Burns, of course, soon afterwards abandoned all intention of emigrating to Jamaica.

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